FAQ – SavvyMoney

The program is a free service for members and is a great resource to help you improve your credit score. Plus, we’ll provide you personalized tips on improving your score and send you special offers! You can refresh your report daily without any negative affects to your score.

Credit Score also monitors your credit report daily and informs you by email if there are any big changes detected such as: a new account being opened, change in address or employment, a delinquency has been reported or an inquiry has been made. Monitoring helps users keep an eye out for identity theft.

Yes! SavvyMoney is available for both mobile and tablet devices and is integrated inside our mobile application.

If you access SavvyMoney through It’s Me 247, you have to do nothing! Your email address will get updated automatically in SavvyMoney when you update it in online banking. However, we always encourage you to inform your financial institution of any contact information updates.

SavvyMoney Credit Report provides you all the information you would find on your credit file including a list of open loans, accounts and credit inquiries.  You will also be able to see details on your payment history, credit utilization and public records that show up on your account. Like Credit Score, when you check your credit file, there will be no impact to your score.

No. SavvyMoney is entirely free and no credit card information is required to register. The best part – since it is part of It’s Me 247 there are no additional username or passwords needed.

As long as you are a regular online banking user, your credit score will update every month and displayed in your online banking screen. You can click “refresh score” as frequently as every day by navigating to the detailed SavvyMoney site from within online banking.

No. Checking Credit Sense is a “soft inquiry”, which does not affect your credit score.  Lenders use ‘hard inquiries’ to make decisions about your credit worthiness when you apply for loans.

Yes. Credit Sense will monitor and send email alerts when there’s been a change to your credit profile.

SavvyMoney pulls your credit profile from TransUnion, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, and uses VantageScore 3.0, a credit scoring model developed collaboratively by the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion. This model seeks to make score information more uniform between the three bureaus to provide consumers a better picture of their credit health.

There are three major credit-reporting bureaus—Equifax, Experian and Transunion—and two scoring models—FICO or VantageScore—that determine credit scores. Financial institutions use different bureaus, as well as their own scoring models. Over 200 factors of a credit report may be taken into account when calculating a score and each model may weigh credit factors differently, so no scoring model is completely identical. No matter what credit bureau or credit scoring model is used, consumers do fall into specific credit ranges: Excellent 781–850, Good 661-780, Fair 601-660,
Unfavorable 501-600, Bad Below 500.

No. MyUSA CU uses its own lending criteria for making loans.

No. Savvy Money is a free service to help you understand your credit health, how you make improvements in your score and ways you can save money on your loans with MyUSA CU.

Credit Sense uses bank level encryption and security measures to keep your data safe and secure. Your personal information is never shared with or sold to a third party.

SavvyMoney can help you manage your credit so when it comes time to borrow for a big-ticket purchase — like buying a home, car or paying for college — you have a clear picture of your credit health and can qualify for the lowest possible interest rate. You’ll also see offers on how you can save money on your new and existing loans with MyUSA CU.

SavvyMoney makes its best effort to show you the most relevant information from your credit report. If you think that some of the information is wrong or inaccurate, we encourage you to take advantage of obtaining free credit reports from annualcreditreport.com, and then pursuing with each bureau individually. Each bureau has its own process for correcting inaccurate information but every user can “File a Dispute” by clicking on the “Dispute” link within their Credit Sense Credit Report. However, The Federal Trade Commission website offers step-by-step instructions on how to contact the bureaus and correct errors.

Based on your SavveyMoney information, you may receive MyUSA Credit Union offers on products that may be of interest to you. In most cases, these offers may have lower interest rates than the products you already have. The educational articles, written by Jean Chatzky and the SavvyMoney team, are designed to provide helpful tips on how you can manage credit and debt wisely.

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